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Restorative dentistry is the processes dental professionals use to replace missing or damaged teeth. Fillings, crowns (caps), bridges, full and partial dentures and dental implants are common restorative procedures. Empty spaces in the mouth are vulnerable to decay caused by plaque build-up. Additionally, gaps left by missing teeth put extra stress on your remaining natural teeth causing them to shift resulting in a bad bite. This can also lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.
A dental bridge is a false tooth which is connected to crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The crowns holding it in place are attached to the teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth.
A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic device used to cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, they can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and bite.
A dental implant is a root shaped post that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line and replaces the root structure of a lost natural tooth. During healing your bone grows around the implant locking it in place therefore doesn't come loose like a denture can. Implants are very successful and may potentially last a lifetime.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are very natural looking.
A filling restores a damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape, and prevents further decay by eliminating areas of the tooth where bacteria can enter. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing which type of filling material is best for you; including the extent of the repair, any allergies you may have to certain dental materials, location of the filling and cost.